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Is Java Riskier than C/C++?

Lately, I’ve heard a number of folks discussing whether Java development is riskier than development in C/C++ (from here on out, I’ll just refer to “C”). They’re not ...
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CouchDB – Relax

IntroductionApache CouchDB, commonly referred to as CouchDB, is an open source database that focuses on ease of use and on being “a database that completely embraces the web”. It ...
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Personal Behavior-Driven Development

This year I was fortunate enough to attend the KCDC conference here in lovely Kansas City. One of the sessions I attended was on Behavior-Driven Development. I have attended several ...
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Creating a price model using k-Nearest Neighbours + Genetic Algorithm

Chapter 8 of Programming Collective Intelligence (PCI) explains the usage and implementation of the k-Nearest Neighbours algorithm. (k-NN). Simply put: k-NN is a classification algorithm ...
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10 More Common Mistakes Java Developers Make when Writing SQL

I was positively surprised to see how popular my recent listing about 10 Common Mistakes Java Developers Make when Writing SQL was, both on my own blog and on my syndication partner ...
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KISS My YAGNI

We are all familiar with the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) and YAGNI (You Ain’t Gonna Need It) principles. And yet, overly complicated software is everywhere. Let’s use an application ...
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Why is your software aging?

I recently stumbled upon a term software aging. My first thoughts on the subject were not too positive, especially after reading the Wikipedia definition. Just Another Buzzword was ...
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What if every object was an array? No more NullPointerExceptions!

To NULL or not to NULL? Programming language designers inevitably have to decide whether they support NULLs or not. And they’ve proven to have a hard time getting this right. NULL ...
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The Dark Side of Best Practices

Best practices are the backbone of software development (or so we are told). Every developer has his own opinions about software development processes, architecture, and programming. These ...
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An argument against defaulting to auto-increment primary keys

The de-facto “easy” primary key for ages has been the auto-incrementing integer. Upon insertion of a new record, the database simply increments a counter for the table and uses ...
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